Behind the Scenes with Modern Quilt Studio
“The most important thing is having original ideas. We can always work backwards and figure out technique,” Weeks says about their business approach. They apply their philosophy to every teaching opportunity, including a weeklong annual Design Camp at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. “Students come here not to attach fabric A to fabric B,” Bill says, “but to learn how to execute what’s in their minds. They leave both exhilarated and exhausted.” Weeks and Bill encourage experimentation with brilliant splashes of original fabrics. In five years, they have designed more than 100 versatile prints that motivate quilters to venture beyond the norm.
Photo: Weeks and Bill’s home and studio are a perfect fit, where Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and modern design surround them. Hanging on the wall, the quilt Some Settlement May Occur reveals expert artisanry and design with its colorful tangent circles that are inset, not appliquéd.